A relaxing bath for your baby is such a heavenly moment for both of you, isn’t it?
Well, if you’re getting ready to bathe for a baby for the first time, there are a couple of tips you should definitely know and must already be wondering about, hence reading this article.
Keeping the ideal temperature for the bath is such an important factor in order for the bath to be fun and never scary or harmful. Your baby’s skin is very soft and sensitive, hot temperatures can cause dryness and burn your baby, even with third-degree burns in the worst scenario.
With water in this temperature range, the bath will soothe and relax your baby, leaving them for a long nap or good night’s sleep.
Read along for more tips regarding baby first baths and fun bathing time.
As mentioned before, bath time is fun. It is so soothing and new for a newborn, and when more grown, it will turn into a fun activity, splashing all around.
Water, was once, their original home, and getting in touch with this will reassure them just like once in the womb.
Consequences of water being too cold or hot, can either have your baby getting a sudden cold or a burn. We don’t want either of those.
This temperature is comforting, tranquilizing, and will not put your baby in any harm.
There are a few ways you can measure the temperature in your baby’s bath.
This way you’ll know if the water is getting too hot or cold. Some thermometers are designed to be cute little bath toys, which can swim around in the water and your baby can even play within total safety.
But not just any skin, and you may recall your mom doing this motion when you were a baby or a toddler.
Check the temperature with your elbow, not with your hands. When touching the water, it shouldn’t either feel hot or cold.
Why not hands? Because the skin on our hands is very different from the skin on our arms, legs, and other parts of the body since each serves a different function. Hands are not good judges of temperature since the skin is thicker here. However, the skin around the elbow area is thinner and resembles more like what your baby may feel.
If you really want to get a perfect bath drawn with the perfect temp, we recommend you turn on the cold water first and then level the temperature out with hotter water, but without turning the cold tap off, this one should be turned off last.
After this, make sure you mix the water around well, to avoid stagnant hot spots in the tub.
Now, don’t put your baby into the bath until the water is turned off, as the water’s temperature can change after seconds.
There may be other factors you can think about in order to keep bath time safe, fun, and relaxing.
Small children or babies can get third-degree burns from hot water and prevention is always a good idea. This is a potentially fitting plan if you are able to accommodate your plumbing system and anyone who is able to do it, should, for convenience purposes and safety.
It might be a bit nerve-wracking to draw the first baths for your baby with the right temperature and safety measures you’ll need to take. But once you get the hang of it, we promise it will be a pacifying bonding experience. It will be fun and filled with memories.
Babies love to play and believe it or not, the reminiscence of the soothing ness of the womb they once were in. They truly love it. As a mom, or a dad, be ready to sit beside the bathtub for some time and enjoy yourself too.
Don’t forget to keep all the elements necessary nearby: Towels, toiletries, and warm clean clothes. Try to keep your phone with you, just in case it rings, because by no means should you be away from your baby during bath time. However, if you need to run out, scoop your baby up in a towel and take them with you.
All in all, bath time is a fun time! Enjoy this stage of your baby’s life, it is truly rewarding.
About the AuthorBarbara is a full-time mom of 3 children and a part-time blogger since 2018. She likes to write on various topics about motherhood. She drinks a lot of coffee, loves French pastries, reads a lot, also enjoys crafts and Montessori activities.